Crane ship Zhen Hua 24 arrived on 27 December with a new post-panamax crane for the Patrick container terminal. The vessel also was transporting two cranes that were bound for Melbourne.
Patrick is upgrading a container crane that it took away from Fremantle about five months ago.
Patrick now has four post-panamax cranes and Fremantle’s other container terminal, DP World, has three.
The new crane is expected to take six weeks to commission.
It weighs 1250 tonnes, is 86 metres high and 118 m across with the boom horizontal.
It can handle ships with a 48-metre beam.
According to the latest Waterline* report by the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics, compared to other Australian container ports, Fremantle has the best wharfside crane rate.
Fremantle also has:
- highest percentage of containers transported by rail
- best container turnaround time on landside
- best truck turnaround time.